Story: Canoeing and rafting

Waka hurdle races

Māori waka (canoes) were used for recreational activities as well as practical purposes such as transport and fishing. Waka races were a sport enjoyed by both Māori and Pākehā from the mid-19th century, and became a feature of regattas. This 1955 film shows a waka hurdle race during a regatta at Ngāruawahia on the Waikato River.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: New Zealand Mirror 3. National Film Unit, 1950

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Canoeing and rafting - Early canoeing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 July 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 18 Jul 2016